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Meaning of SUBVERT

Pronunciation:  sub'vurt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  cause the downfall of; of rulers; "The Czar was overthrown"; "subvert the ruling class"
  2. [v]  destroy completely; "we must not let our civil liberties be subverted by the current crisis"
  3. [v]  destroy property or hinder normal operations; "The Resistance sabotaged railroad operations during the war"
  4. [v]  corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality; "debauch the young people with wine and women"; "Socrates was accused of corrupting young men"; "Do school counselors subvert young children?"; "corrupt the morals"

SUBVERT is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: bring down, corrupt, counteract, countermine, debase, debauch, demoralise, demoralize, deprave, misdirect, overthrow, overturn, pervert, profane, sabotage, undermine, vitiate, weaken
 See Also: alter, bastardise, bastardize, carnalise, carnalize, change, depose, derail, destroy, disobey, force out, infect, lead astray, lead off, poison, revolutionize, ruin, sensualise, sensualize, suborn, whore



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sub*vert"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Subverted}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Subverting}.] [L. subvertere, subversum; sub under +
    vertere to turn: cf. F. subvertir. See {Verse}.]
    1. To overturn from the foundation; to overthrow; to ruin
             These are his substance, sinews, arms, and strength,
             With which he yoketh your rebellious necks, Razeth
             your cities, and subverts your towns. --Shak.
             This would subvert the principles of all knowledge.
    2. To pervert, as the mind, and turn it from the truth; to
       corrupt; to confound. --2 Tim. iii. 14.
    Syn: To overturn; overthrow; destroy; invert; reverse;
  2. \Sub*vert"\, v. i.
    To overthrow anything from the foundation; to be subversive.
          They have a power given to them like that of the evil
          principle, to subvert and destroy.